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Report for the Week Ending Dec. 4

Tuesday, 12.06.2011 / 11:44 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
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The Rivermen Report
Report for the Week Ending Dec. 4

The Rivermen returned home this weekend after they completed a season-long nine-game road trip on Friday night in Milwaukee. Peoria is now 11-12-1-1 through 25 games, good for third in the Midwest Division and seventh in the Western Conference.

Dec. 2 – L 5-1 at Milwaukee
After Derek Nesbitt scored the game’s first goal, the Rivermen failed to produce another in the road trip finale. Milwaukee countered with five unanswered goals, four of which came in the third period. Ben Bishop stopped 21 of 26 shots on goal in addition to a penalty shot halfway through the second period. The Rivermen finished the game 1-for-2 on the power play while they held the Admirals scoreless on two chances.

Dec. 3 – L 3-2 vs. Milwaukee | HIGHLIGHTS
Peoria overcame two one-goal deficits but failed to counter after Gabriel Bourque’s third period goal in their second straight loss to the Admirals. The Rivermen finished 2-for-4 on the man advantage and held Milwaukee to just one goal on five power plays. Jake Allen stopped 31 of 34 shots on goal.

Dec. 4 – W 5-2 vs. Rockford | HIGHLIGHTS
The Rivermen scored early and often en route to their first win of the weekend on Sunday evening. T.J. Hensick, Shaun Heshka, Adam Cracknell, Jonathan Cheechoo and Phil McRae each scored in the victory while Cade Fairchild and Brett Sterling each recorded two assists. Ben Bishop stopped 47 shots, one shy of his single game AHL career high, in his 10th win of the season. Peoria went scoreless on three power plays but managed to limit Rockford to 1-for-9 on the man advantage.

Rivermen Report
  • Center T.J. Hensick dropped from first to third among league-leaders in points this week with 31 (8g, 23a). Hensick’s 23 assists rank second in the league.
  • Second-year forward Phil McRae scored his 13th goal of the season on Sunday night which ties him with two others for second in goals scored. Nine of his goals have come in the last 12 games. His 13 goals has already surpassed his total from last season (12) which he accomplished in 46 AHL games.
  • Rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild improved his league lead in plus-minus to +18 this weekend.
  • Defenseman Danny Syvret grades third best in points (2g, 15a) among AHL defenseman after he added two more assists this weekend. His 15 assists are tied for second among defenseman.
  • Jonathan Cheechoo posted a three-point weekend (2g, 1a), which improved his career point total to 502. Cheechoo has played 740 games since 2000 in which he has scored 259 goals and 243 assists. 501 of his games have come in the NHL in which he posted 170 goals and 135 assists.
  • The Rivermen added three more power-play goals this weekend which improved their conversation rate to 20.7% on the year -- good for sixth best in the AHL.
Transactions
The Rivermen will practice in Peoria this week before leaving for Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Houston for a three games in three days stretch.
  • Fri., Dec. 9 @ Oklahoma City – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sat., Dec. 10 @ San Antonio – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 11 @ Houston – 5:05 p.m.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Steen 68 33 29 17 62
T. Oshie 79 21 39 19 60
D. Backes 74 27 30 14 57
J. Schwartz 80 25 31 28 56
A. Pietrangelo 81 8 43 20 51
K. Shattenkirk 81 10 35 1 45
V. Tarasenko 64 21 22 20 43
D. Roy 75 9 28 -1 37
J. Bouwmeester 82 4 33 26 37
V. Sobotka 61 9 24 14 33
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

 
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